This step by step diy project is about how to build a small entryway bench. If you want to learn more about building an entryway bench, pay attention to the instructions. This project is ideal for an entryway. I teamed up with Julian from MyOutdoorPlans for this project. You can see the step by step plans here.
You should always plan everything from the very beginning, in order to prevent costly mistakes and to save time. In most of the cases, you need a friend to give you a hand when assembling the wood chalkboard. Invest in high quality lumber and plywood, as the components will be exposed to bad weather. Protect the components with appropriate paint or stain.
There are a few tips that you should take into account, if you want to get a professional result. Therefore, take accurate measurements and use professional tools when making the cuts or when drilling pilot holes. Align the components at both ends and add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to create a rigid structure.
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How to build a small entryway bench
See the step by step plans for this project HERE. Julian’s plans come with a list with the materials needed for this awesome small bench.
The first step of the project is to build the bottom for the entryway bench. I used 1×12 project boards for the frame and 1×2 lumber for the bottom support. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the bottom slat. Drill pilot holes through the 1×2 slat and secure it to the bottom component using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints. recess the support 3/4″ from the front face of the bottom component.
The next step of the project is to attach the sides to the top of the bench. Cut the components at the right dimensions and drill pocket holes along the top edges. Recess the slats 3/4″ from the front face of the bench, before inserting the 1 1/4″ screws into place. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square.
Cut the partitions out of the 1×12 panels and drill pocket holes at both ends. Secure the partitions to the top of the bench using 1 1/4″ screws. My screwdriver didn’t fit inside the bench, so I secured the planks to the bottom with regular pilot holes and screws. Just make sure the edges are flush and the corners square before inserting the screws into place. Add glue to enhance the bond of the structure.
Build the trims for the bench out of 1×3 or 1×4 lumber. Round the exposed corners and secure them together with brad nails and glue. Make sure the corners are square.
Clamp the trims to the entryway bench and add glue to the joints. Insert 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock everything together properly. Smooth the edges with 120-grit sandpaper.
Last but not least, I applied walnut stain over the components. Then I painted the bench with white paint and use sandpaper to distress the edges and the surface. The bench seen from above looks very rustic.
I bought some baskets to enhance the look of the bench.
The bench seen from another angle.
Last but not least, I applied walnut stain over the components. Then I painted the bench with white paint and use sandpaper to distress the edges. See the step by step plans for this project here. Julian did an amazing job with these plans, so don’t forget to check his projects out.
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